the world is mourning the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. a literary giant with the ability to write words that lifted the reader into another realm. as a literature student he was definitely one of the most lauded authors we students loved to read. one of my personal favourite quotes by him: “The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.” — Love in the Time of Cholera
thursday also bore witness to the death of another giant, one less lauded but still a powerful presence who singlehandedly did more for human rights in Sudan in the recent past years, especially for the people of Darfur, than most others – Osman Humeida. An activist and human rights campaigner Humeida was an inspiration to many, always fighting for the betterment of his people and at a personal cost – like many other activists he was detained, tortured by the NISS (the notorious National Intelligence & Security Services arm of Omar El Bashir’s government) and forced into exile. His death leaves a void and one that we may find very difficult to fill.
Rest in peace Osman Humeida and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In your own ways you both strove to make the world a more liveable place.